Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History


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Short Introduction

The museum holds a collection depicting American culture from the War of Independence to the present day.

The Muybridge collection here is extensive, including 2703 prints and 618 images on glass as well as various projection lenses pieces of camera equipment used by Muybridge. Other highlights within the collection include "Animal Locomotion", University of Pennsylvania years; and a unique collection of 770 mounted cyanotype boards photographed at Pennsylvania, whose labels cross-reference the Muybridge lab notebook Series Neg. numbers and the published Animal Locomotion numbers.

Past Exhibitions

“Freeze Frame: Eadweard Muybridge’s Photography of Motion.” Temporary changing gallery exhibition, curated by Michelle Delaney, Marta Braun and Elspeth Brown, 2000, no associated publication, just website.

Rights & Reproduction Information

Images public domain, but there is a charge for commercial uses. More Information

Online Presence

Muybridge Images

Freeze Frame

NMAH Collections Search

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 2703

Images on Glass: 618

Other: 3


Scripts: 3

Books by Muybridge: 2


Production equipment/tools: 4

Other: 2

Photographic Equipment

Cameras: 3

Projection Equipment

Lenses: 3

Exhibition Material

Other: 1

Press Releases: 1

Unpublished paper & documents

Letters: 1

Research notes: 3

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Photographic History Collection,
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution,
12th Street and Constitution Avenue,
Washington, DC
20560, USA

Phone: +1 202 633 1000



Lead Contact:
Michelle Delaney, Curator of Photography(

Open Hours:
Open 10:00am – 5:30pm daily, closed Christmas Day

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
No permanent display of Muybridge Collection, one albumen reproduction (from our Chicago Albumen Works portfolio) of Yosemite landscape on view in our introductory cases (Artifact Walls). Email to request appointment.